Conveyancing Solicitors in Minehead
Are you looking to buy, sell or remortgage in Minehead? Seeking proficient advice and support from a Minehead conveyancing solicitor is highly encouraged.
Property transactions can be exciting, especially if it is your first home. However, it’s important to be aware of the potential implications you could be faced with. Our team have years of collective expertise and can ensure these risks are mitigated where possible.
We offer our clients a reliable and easily accessible conveyancing service, guiding them through the entire process and always being available to answer any questions they may have.
We are proud to be recognised by our clients for delivering a fast and convenient online conveyancing service, helping us to reach clients no matter where they are. We have helped clients in Minehead and the wider area, as well as nationally and internationally.
How our conveyancing solicitors in Minehead can help you
At Bird & Co, our specialist solicitors in Minehead can advise and guide clients through property transactions, including:
- Buying and selling your home
- Advice for first time buyers, such as:
- Equity release
- Advice about buying as joint tenants or tenants in common
- Buying and selling listed property
- Buying and selling leasehold property
- Collective enfranchisement and buying the freehold of a house
- Lease extension
- Transfer of equity
- Gifting property and Deeds of Gift
- Buy to let conveyancing
- Buying and selling land
- Commercial conveyancing
- Stamp Duty advice
So we can provide support to all types of clients, Bird & Co are on the panel for the majority of lenders, including national firms and local Minehead building societies.
Why choose Bird & Co’s conveyancing solicitors in Minehead?
At Bird & Co, we offer a unique online conveyancing process in Minehead. This means we can assist clients whether they are located in Minehead, across the country or on the other side of the world.
The conveyancing service we provide to clients is modern, delivered by a team of friendly legal professionals dedicated to ensuring the process is as simple and straightforward as possible for you.
If you choose to work with the conveyancing team at Bird & Co, you can expect to be appointed an individual solicitor who will be in charge of handling your case, and should you have any queries or concerns, they will be available to assist.
Our outstanding service is accredited by the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme. This means that we will:
- Provide high quality legal advice
- Get your conveyancing transaction completed as efficiently as possible
- Provide top quality customer service and respond to queries quickly
- Keep you regularly updated and never leave you in the dark about the status of your transaction
- Be upfront and honest about your fees – we will provide you with an accurate quote before you instruct us so that you can decide whether we are right for you
Our client care and management of the practice are also recognised through the Law Society Lexcel accreditation.
Why instruct our online conveyancers instead of a conveyancer in Minehead?
- Different from other firms, our solicitors have an in-depth knowledge of the national property market as well as the local Minehead property market.
- To protect our client’s sensitive details, Our online systems have been developed with sensitive communication in mind. Examples include encrypting emails, securing devices and putting malware protection in place.
- Remote conveyancing doesn’t entail as many steps as the traditional route, meaning We can get your conveyancing done quickly and efficiently.
- The traditional conveyancing route sometimes requires additional resources, which can be avoided with online conveyancing, meaning Online conveyancing tends to be more cost-effective.
- We have worked with all types of clients, even for clients who are on the other side of the world, using videoconferencing software, such as Zoom.
- Whether you choose to work with us in person or online, our legal obligations do not change, and for your protection and reassurance, we are fully insured.
Our conveyancing fees – how much does our conveyancing cost in Minehead?
At Bird & Co, our conveyancing solicitors in Minehead offer flexible funding, including fixed fees for more straightforward cases. What this means is that our solicitors can provide a clear cost estimation from the outset.
The conveyancing process includes offer costs separate from our legal fees. These are known as disbursements and apply to property registration and conveyancing searches.
Most transactions involve paying tax, such as Stamp Duty Land Tax or Capital Gains Tax. First time buyers will not be impacted by SDLT. If you are required to pay tax on your transaction, our solicitors will assist with the calculations and will file the return with HMRC.
How does the conveyancing process work in Minehead?
There are three stages in the conveyancing process, including:
- Offer and acceptance
- Exchange of contracts
When the seller accepts an offer, they agree to enter into a contract with the buyer. But until the contracts are exchanged and signed, the transaction is not yet legally binding, and either party can pull out.
The next step will involve the buyer and their appointed solicitor conducting a number of checks on the property. These generally include:
- Reviewing property information provided by the seller and making further enquiries if necessary (done by the conveyancing solicitor)
- Conducting conveyancing property searches, such as local authority checks (done by the conveyancing solicitor)
- Carrying out an independent survey (done by the buyer)
If a mortgage is required, the buyer can apply at this point.
If both parties are happy to proceed with the transaction, they can start the next stage of the process, which is signing and exchanging the contracts. This makes the transaction legally binding.
When the transaction is made official, this is called completion. At this point of the transaction, the transfer deed will need to be submitted to HM Land Registry, the seller will need to leave the property, and the buyer can move in.
How long does conveyancing take in Minehead?
The length of time conveyancing in Minehead will take often depends on the circumstances surrounding the property transaction, meaning that it isn’t always possible to provide an exact timeframe. However, generally speaking, a straightforward property transaction can take between 12 to 14 weeks from acceptance to completion.
While delays can be frustrating, in some cases, they aren’t always avoidable. Should your transaction be delayed, our team will keep you in the loop.
What searches are involved in conveyancing in Minehead?
Conveyancing searches are carried out on a property and the surrounding land to ensure there are no immediate issues.
During the residential conveyancing transaction, there are three main types of searches, these are:
- Local authority checks – to check the surrounding area for planning, pollution, highway pollution or other related issues
- Environmental searches – to check for issues such as flooding or land contamination
- Water and drainage searches – to check matters such as water and drainage access
Some properties may need additional checks. If this applies to your transaction, then your conveyancing solicitor will keep you informed.
Is it better to use a conveyancing solicitor in Minehead or a conveyancer?
Whether it is better to use a conveyancer or conveyancing solicitor in Minehead depends on your circumstances and personal preference around budget. But there are some differences to be aware of which may impact your decision.
The main difference between a conveyancing solicitor and a conveyancer is that while both are qualified to handle property transactions, a conveyancing solicitor has qualifications which enable them to handle other legal matters.
What documents does a property solicitor in Minehead need for conveyancing?
During conveyancing in Minehead, your solicitor will need certain documents from you, but this depends on the type of property transaction.
The documents needed when buying a Minehead property include:
- Identification documentation, including passport or driving license and proof of address
- Proof of funds, such as bank statements
- The official offer of mortgage
The documents required when selling a property in Minehead include the following:
- Proof of ownership
- Seller’s Property Information Form
- Certificates, guarantees and planning permission documentation
- Fitting and contents form
- Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
- Leasehold or freehold information
- Details of the mortgage
How do you instruct our conveyancing solicitors in Minehead?
To provide a full understanding of the conveyancing process, our conveyancing solicitors in Minehead will walk you through the entire process and should you choose to instruct our team, we will handle all the legal details related to your property transaction, allowing you to enjoy the process with ease.
Our conveyancing solicitors can provide the specialist support you need whether you are moving to, from or within Minehead.